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J McL (#46959617)
 member for 13 years, 8 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo I fell into this ancestry thing 7 yrs ago when a cousin in Brazil asked for the dates of our grandmother's birth & death. It snowballed from there into family trees, etc. and researching our history, both for my husband and myself. Then when I began photographing graves, someone from RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) told me if I was doing my family graves then it would benefit others to photograph graves in the same cemetery! So another hobby was born as if I didn't have enough to do anyway! I am recovering from cancer & I find (& have always found) cemeteries restful, interesting and peaceful on a sunny day...and this gives me a chance to have a hobby that I am passionate about that I can work on at my own pace. Thanks to all the Find A Grave volunteers!
By the way, I am very pleased to make links, suggestions & transfers that are reasonable.

Please keep requests within the Findagrave transfer policy... namely parents, siblings, grand & great grandparents or 1st generation aunts & uncles. Yet if you care enough to ask for a transfer for a relative/dear friend to make links & bio I will honor it. I was recently denied a transfer request of my fathers sister from non-family as my Aunt was a friend of her mother & she prefers to keep her". ? ! ? Not nice!

I try to do the best I can with photos but our weather in Oregon this year (2014) in particular has been wet & soggy. Many of the graves are covered in mud or wet when I photo. Or at Mt.Calvary Cemetery there are the steep hills that I try not to stumble & roll down while photographing the stones! If you want to take a better photo you are always welcome to add it to my entry & I can delete my picture.

"Die Liebe Horet Nimmer Auf" - translated from German - The Love Never Ends

To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead breathing life into all who have gone before.

Your tombstone stands among the rest,
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
Author Unknown.....

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Childhood Friends
Two of my friends died as children. Your photos of their head stones are cherished. I have great respect and appreciation for you and find a grave.Those photos gave me a place to remember and mourn. I Will be visiting there graves thanks to your photos. thank you thank you thank you
Added by sean on Jan 07, 2017 2:55 AM
Roy Lee and Opal May Hamilton
Thank you so much for taking up the hobby of finding and photographing tombstones for others. I for one and very appreciative of you and what you have been doing. Thank you for taking the time to find and photograph Roy and Opal's memorials for me. They are very clear and appreciated. Thank you!
Added by Mother2Many on Dec 31, 2016 11:48 PM
Linda Christensen
Thank you!
Thank you so much for the Woodward photo. I really appreciate it. Thanks again!
Added by Linda Christensen on Dec 30, 2016 4:46 PM
Cathy W.
Photo taken for Howard Marion Larson
Thank you so much for taking this photo of my great Uncle Howard Marion Larson. I appreciate your kindness very much. I hope you had a nice Holiday season.
Cathy Gilmore Wright. ( Lincoln, Nebraska)
Added by Cathy W. on Dec 29, 2016 10:23 PM
Charles Stanley-36370895
Thank you very much for taking the time to take a photo of Charles Stanley grave stone.
God Bless you
Added by PAS on Dec 29, 2016 12:40 PM
Betty Evans
William Meade Strother Margaret Catherine Strother
Thank you for taking and posting the picture of my ancestors grave marker.
Added by Betty Evans on Dec 29, 2016 6:19 AM
Debra Downing
Luke Hailer Rivers
Thank you for taking your time during the holidays to get the headstone photo for Luke
Added by Debra Downing on Dec 27, 2016 10:03 AM
T & C
Re: Birth year of Lila Webb Carpenter (Meml. # 157402257)
Thank you for the gravestone photo! Her social security records and the 1940 census both support the 1936 birth year given in the obituary, so the preponderance of evidence at this time indicates that the 1939 date on the gravestone is incorrect. Thank you for all your work on Find A Grave!
Added by T & C on Dec 24, 2016 6:40 AM
Louis Stark
RE: A.H. Danns

I don't have any clue as to how to do such research.

I can only guess that it probably belongs to a Civil War veteran.
Added by Louis Stark on Dec 24, 2016 4:32 AM
Aileen Isaacson Ogan #36326397
Thank you for uploading the photo of the gravestone for Aileen and her husband Robert at Willamette National Cemetery.

I would like to request your permission to use that photo (and any others you may take of my relatives) in my family tree on Because the photographer holds a copyright for each photo, I always ask before using it on another web site. I will use your username as the photographer and the web sites for the memorials as the source.

Many thanks for considering my request,
Jacki in Pittsburgh
Added by JackiMex on Dec 17, 2016 9:07 PM
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